British Journal of Music Education

Research Article

An investigation into effective string teaching in a variety of learning contexts: a single case study

Evangeline Kai-Wen Chenga1 and Colin Durranta1

a1 School of Arts and Humanities, Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL, UK,


This study aims to explore and investigate the factors that contribute to effective instrumental teaching and to understand the interdependence and interactions between these factors. The study obtained data using qualitative research tools from a series of individual and group instrumental teaching observations and a semi-structured interview with an instrumental teacher operating in a variety of teaching contexts. Findings from the study suggest that a great number of factors are required for instrumental teaching and learning to be effective. These factors interweave with each other and form a creative teaching style for the subject. The research indicated that it is helpful for the teachers to focus on pupils' learning processes rather than only on their learning outcomes. When real learning occurs, it is a positive experience for both teachers and pupils with long-term benefits in other areas of learning.